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Former NDA hires transit guru to forge new direction

Written By:

Jennifer Robison

The former Nevada Development Authority has hired a transportation guru to pave a new road toward economic development.

Local government affairs consultant Tom Skancke will take over Thursday as president and CEO of the nonprofit, now called the Las Vegas Regional Economic Development Council. Former president and CEO Somer Hollingsworth will oversee the council's new-business arm.

Taxable sales jump 7.6 percent; Clark County up 8.1 percent

Written By:

Jennifer Robison

Nevada's consumers came out in force in August, continuing a spending trend that dates back two years.

And though the state has a long way to go on the road to recovery, observers say the newest taxable sales numbers show the economy remains on track toward better times.

Sales of tangible goods by retailers and businesses grew 7.6 percent, to $3.67 billion, year over year in August, the state Department of Taxation reported Thursday. Sales in Clark County jumped 8.1 percent, to $2.59 billion.

Latest Las Vegas attraction: A Neon Museum

Written By:

Kitty Yancey, USA TODAY

Where do vintage neon signs go to die?

"The Boneyard" in Las Vegas, which has been an offbeat tourist attraction for those in the know. Now the outdoor site is being expanded into a full-fledged Neon Museum that opens to the public Saturday in downtown Las Vegas. There will be a new visitors' center and an expanded Boneyard.

In addition to signs scattered on the ground, you can see restored, electrified neon in what the museum calls a "Downtown Gallery" on Fremont Street and along parts of Las Vegas Boulevard downtown.

Judge rejects Nevada teachers union tax proposal

Written By:

Associated Press

CARSON CITY - A judge has struck down a Nevada tax initiative pushed by the state teachers union and other labor groups to raise money for education.

In a ruling issued Tuesday, Carson City District Judge James Wilson said the description of what the initiative would do if passed by voters was misleading and deceptive on several grounds and therefore is invalid.

Celebration of life planned for late Robert Forbuss

Written By:

Hubble Smith

A celebration of life will be held Friday at The Smith Center for Performing Arts for Robert Forbuss, a prominent Las Vegas businessman and educator who died Aug. 12.

Jerry Cade, a close friend of Forbuss, will welcome guests at 6 p.m. Scheduled speakers include former Sen. Richard Bryan; U.S. Rep. Shelly Berkley; Sen. Harry Reid; political consultant Sig Rogich; and Forbuss Elementary School principal Shawn Paquette.

Some Las Vegas business owners upbeat on economy

Written By:

Marian Green

A recent national survey indicated growing pessimism among small-business owners about the economy, but interviews with a smattering of Las Vegas business owners yielded a sunnier outlook.

A survey released last week by the National Federation of Independent Business shows that owners became more pessimistic during September as employment and sales remained weak. The NFIB's index of owner optimism fell 0.1 point to 92.8.

Chamber Awards Honor Small Businesses

Written By:

Chris Sieroty

A singing dentist, a 30-year veteran of the catering industry, the executive director of a nonprofit helping families with seriously ill children, and a guy who recycles cigarette butts.

This is not the cast of a reality television show but rather the four winners of 2012's Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Small Business Excellence Awards.

Business Power Luncheon featuring the Wounded Warrior Project

Wounded Warrior Lunch

At the Business Power Luncheon featuring the Wounded Warrior Project, attendees heard from keynote speaker and Wounded Warrior, Retired Sergeant First Class Norbie Lara. Attendees also learned the benefits of hiring veterans at this moving and inspirational luncheon.

Helping others helps wounded veteran overcome challenges

Written By:

Keith Rogers

The Wounded Warrior Project emblem depicts the silhouette of a soldier carrying a wounded comrade over his shoulder.

The classic "fireman's carry" is one that retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Norberto "Norbie" Lara knows well. He was carried from a battlefield near Baqubah, Iraq, after a rocket-propelled grenade, or RPG, exploded, blowing off his right arm while he rode in a patrol vehicle on June 19, 2004.

Putting veterans to work

As the country's economy struggles through the weakest recovery since the Great Depression, with a national real unemployment rate of 14.9 percent, remember this: Over the next five years, more than 1 million veterans are expected to leave the U.S. military and re-join the American workforce.

Most of these men and women answered the call to serve their country after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, but entered service before the Great Recession. Many thousands of them have survived serious injuries.

Longtime Las Vegas Civic Leader Robert Forbuss Dead at Age 64

Written By:

Hubble Smith

Robert Forbuss, a widely known Las Vegas businessman, educator and elected official, died Sunday after a long battle with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 64.

The Nevada native graduated from Bishop Gorman High School and earned degrees in public administration and political science from Long Beach State University.

He went back to Gorman as a teacher from 1972 to 1979 and served on the Clark County School Board for eight years. In 2006 an elementary school in southwest Las Vegas was named in his honor.

UNLV takes tech to class

Written By:

Caitlin McGarry

The Nevada Legislature last summer signed into law Assembly Bill 449, which mandated more aggressive economic diversification efforts and commissioned a Brookings Institution report on which areas those efforts should be directed.

Not surprisingly, the Brookings Mountain West division and its Metropolitan Policy Program pinpointed education as one of Nevada's weaknesses. To boost economic development in areas like information technology, Brookings recommended university and industry collaboration, particularly in areas like research and work force development.